Dogs are referred to as “The Best Companion of Man,” but it can be challenging to find the best dog to suit your lifestyle. Pups exhibit a wide variety of habits, skills, and smarts depending on their breed and pedigree, which can make it difficult to select a new partner. There are dog breeds that, for example, can work happily and tirelessly on your farm, and others that only want to cuddle with you on the couch. However, regardless of the fact of how you would want your pet to be, the major part of selection depends on its ability to learn and your training skills. Having said that, let’s have a look at some of the smartest dog breeds in the world. Excited to learn more? Let’s get started!!
30. BORDER COLLIE
Although there are many smart dog breeds to choose from, the Border Collie is beyond comparison to many of them. Even when no one is around to train or reward the action, you are likely to see a Collie trying to sort out an issue. This puppy, historically used in livestock herding, can perform complex tasks and loves to be put to the test!
The poodle is the second dog to make it to the smartest dogs list. They are also trained to perform plays in front of large crowds, known for their smartness and ability to be quickly trained, and there are even tales of these pooches wearing human clothes and acting out skits! In prestigious competitions including the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, poodles are regularly crowned “Best in Show.”
28. GERMAN SHEPHERD
When it comes to learning new tricks and jobs, this breed is the gold standard. After all, German Shepherds have been relied on by law enforcement and the military to hunt down bad guys, sniff out bombs, and several other critical goals. These dogs are quick learners and enjoy a successful test of their skills! They even make nice pets, so next time you want to get a puppy, think about them.
27. GOLDEN RETRIEVER
These pooches, since they are cute and perfect for families, are some of the most common breeds around. This is another dog that you can see supporting police officers and other rescue personnel. As the name suggests, these dogs were trained to be excellent for their owners to fetch things, whether it’s a tennis ball or anything far more meaningful!
26. DOBERMAN PINSCHER
Smart and loyal, Dobermans were initially trained to be guard dogs (along with a menacing appearance!) with an elite sense of smell. But these dogs, especially if they are taught from a young age to be around people and other dogs, are great at adapting to any activity or lifestyle.
25. SHETLAND SHEEPDOG
As a testament to their loyalty and commitment to their owners, this breed is also called “shadows”. These dogs enjoy a balanced mental challenge and succeed with new experiences. Shetlands breed like a herding dog, never gets tired of learning and enjoys training to a large extent.
24. LABRADOR RETRIEVER
Owing to their easy-going nature, this is another highly common breed with families. Labs enjoy swimming and are water experts: you will find this dog at a hunter or fisherman’s side. These dogs are also extremely sweet, making them commonly used in the service of the blind or disabled for rehabilitation, emotional support, and even therapeutic sessions.
Papillons are popularly referred to by their butterfly-shaped ears and fine fur as a “Toy Spaniel.” These dogs, when it comes to obedience, are also common in competition circles. If you are looking for a doggo that acts the way you want, do not look any further!
The Rottweiler, a common breed with the armed forces, has a degree of intelligence that makes them easy to train and very defensive. Interestingly, this breed is thought to descend from herding dogs that were used quite far ago during the Roman Empire! But, don’t let their intimidating look scare you, these dogs with families are fantastic!
21. BELGIAN TURVUREN
Here we have another example of a smart herding dog, named after a Belgian village. With families, these smart dogs are fine, but not so much with strangers. They will defend you and your crew fiercely, but they are often referred to as escape artists, so keep a close eye on them!
Legend has it that these dogs were used to spread secret messages back and forth without being heard when Nazi Germany invaded Belgium. This breed is also referred to as Belgian Ship Dogs and loves to explore! Schipperkes are very busy and, when left alone, they are not as well behaved. Loving to be around people makes these dogs perfect for families and you will be held on your toes by their high level of curiosity!
This breed is renowned for being highly observant. They pay very careful attention to their environment and can detect something odd easily, making them very useful in a familiar environment. This attentiveness, however, can be a double-edged sword, as often it can be hard to get them to concentrate on what you want!
18. BRITTANY SPANIEL
Here is another breed that sportsmen are best suited to. Brittanys, named after the province they originated from in France, was not officially recognized as a breed until 1907. Loyal and intelligent, Brittanys does have some of the finest noses that you can find in any dog breed.
Weims are quick-witted and easy to train, in addition to being one of the most distinctive and recognizable breeds due to their light greyish coat and bright blue eyes. Owing to their tradition of use in large-game hunting, they are also one of the biggest dogs on the list.
16. BELGIAN MALINOIS
The Belgian Malinois, a very strong and agile breed, is frequently used in police work and search and rescue operations. Although with families they can be nice, just make sure your dog has some sort of mission to perform, which is when they are at their best!
You see Dalmatians doing a whole lot of mischief in the Walt Disney movie 101 Dalmatians. In reality, Dalmatians are extremely smart and easily understand commands once they are educated. They also have a talent for opening doors quickly after they understand how. The race originated in Croatia and is named after Dalmatia’s Adriatic coast. These dogs were also used in war times, and they form an essential part of the fire departments all over the world. They are fantastic dogs with an amazing social disposition.
14. FRENCH BULLDOG
French Bulldogs are amongst the planet’s most common breeds. They are also among the priciest dogs, based on the fact that, due to their small hips, artificial insemination is carried out to impregnate the females. A Caesarian section has to occur as they give birth to puppies (2–4). As long as the exercises are enjoyable, they are very intelligent and take well to training. They make great lap dogs and in nature, they are usually upbeat.
Dachshunds are extremely smart and have independent characters with a happy mood all the time. Naturally, they are playful and can be trained quickly. However, don’t forget that their attention spans are low, so, fun and short bursts need to be conducted while training them.
12. SIBERIAN HUSKY
These dogs have extremely dense coats, with eyes that are always blue or have heterochromia, which means that one eye is brown and one eye is blue. They are smart dogs, but they appear to be stubborn, so from the beginning, you need to show them who is the boss.
11. SCOTTISH TERRIER
Scottish Terriers are bossy dogs with feisty attitudes. To be accurate, they are smart and it is important to harness their intellect. They are not the simplest dogs to handle, and often they can be very aloof and sometimes violent. They are also dogs who are very lovable but can be very dominant over other dogs.
10. YORKSHIRE TERRIER
Yorkshire Terriers originated in Yorkshire, England, as the name says. In the past, their small size made them suitable for hunting and capturing the rats plaguing the mines. They are very popular with celebrities today and they make great lap dogs. They even fit comfortably in small bags and are ideal to carry with you, even while shopping. As long as it begins from a young age and with short bursts, they are known as “highly smart” dogs and are quick to train.
9. AFGHAN HOUND
Out of all the dog breeds, Afghan Hounds are one of the most gorgeous looking dogs. They emerged in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan, and have a clever and independent nature. They were specifically trained as hunters and to help lead the prey to their human owners. Also, owing to their aloofness, they are not the simplest dogs to train.
8. CHOW CHOW
Chow Chows are unique-looking dogs from China and Tibet that look like little bears and hail. They have the cutest circular ears and an attractive blue-black/purple-colored tongue. With an independent streak, they are smart dogs and need a lot of discipline right from the start. Training your Chow Chow is best when keeping them on a leash, and offering them a treat. At every step of the way, they need to be slowly conditioned with treats. They can be defensive dogs and are highly protective of their owners (this needs to be monitored).
7. SAINT BERNARD
Saint Bernards are really smart dogs that are kind and gentle, make perfect pets for the family, and enjoy living indoors. These large dogs come from the western Alps in Italy and Switzerland and, with their wide bodies and thick fur, are made for cool weather. They are working dogs and were initially used to safeguard the Hospice of Switzerland, named Saint Bernard. They are also well-known for assisting humans in finding and rescuing lost and injured travelers.
6. BOUVIER DES FLANDERS
They are big dogs that originated in Belgium’s Flanders. As they are great at sheep herding, cattle driving, and pulling carts, they were originally used as working dogs for the farm. However, as of now, they are being used in the police department and as guard dogs. Bouvier des Flandres, as they are very defensive, make perfect pets and their large size usually scares intruders away. Training them from a young age is very necessary as they would otherwise be too dominant over their owners.
5. SHIH TZU
Shih Tzus are beautifully attractive dogs with high-maintenance coats. Shih Tzu’s translation is “little lion.” They originated (over 1,000 years ago) from China and Tibet and are autonomous in nature, highly affectionate, intelligent, and independent. Provided you use treats, and enjoy praise and rewards, they are easy to train. They are a breed that needs skilled grooming every 5 weeks at least. A curious fact is that during the communist revolution, they were wiped out and the breed had to be reconstructed.
Due to their coats, which cover them and keep them warm, these interesting looking dogs are also called ‘Rastafarian dogs’. They originated in Asia, and more than a thousand years ago, they were brought to Hungary. They are also extremely smart, very self-confident, and sensitive to their owners. They are lovely dogs to have around the young, the elderly, and the ill because they are very sweet and protect them very well. They are easy to train, but from the beginning, you need to demonstrate who is in charge.
These feisty little dogs are originally from Mexico are smart dogs with the potential to learn things at the speed of lightning. They’re excellent at agility and obedience exercises, and they’re curious, bold explorers. Chihuahuas may also be very loud dogs. They have very bold personalities even though they are tiny in number. They blend in with families and love children incredibly well, but they can be very snappy when it comes to strangers.
2. AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG
This is another herding dog that has made it to this list, often referred to as a “Blue Heeler.” Though Cattle Dogs are very smart, they are very energy-rich as well! To keep them well trained, owners of Australian Cattle Dogs should train them regularly and faithfully.
1. JACK RUSSELL
Jack Russells are simply cute dogs who at a very young age bind themselves to their parents. They enjoy jumping and bouncing around and exploring things. They are very curious dogs who love to eat and love their owners. But, they need to be disciplined and, from an early age, must socialize with other dogs. They are unbelievably intelligent, but they can be stubborn and need order, routine, and structure.
Looking at these cute pups even you might be feeling that dogs are indeed man’s best friend! Isn’t it? Ah, I wish I can have such a lovely pet someday.
But, as far as this article was concerned, this was all that I wanted to share! If you feel like I might have missed some wonderful additions to this list, please let me know in the comments. And, until next time, keep reading!